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Nature Trail

Bluebells in Moss Valley

Bluebells in Moss Valley


Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre

01246 345777/8


The Ford,
S12 3YD


Take a walk on the wildside through this Special Landscape Area. The walk follows the routes of old lanes and trackways which have emerged in a landscape traditionally used for farming, timber and small wood productes, mining and industry. Water has powered grist mills (for grinding corn) from the Domesday survey of 1086 to the scythe and sickle production of the 15th to 19th Century.

Short cuts allow for a 45 minute walk around Ridgeway (only suitable during the summer months and in dry weather) and a 2 mile walk around the Ford Circuit (follow the sleeping dormouse signposts).

Walk Route: Waymarked by grist mill symbol

Access: Mud and some steep slopes

Duration: 5 hours

Miles: 5

On-site light refreshments

Children welcomeDogs accepted



See location of Moss Valley on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 401804  Lat: 53.31900 Long: -1.39949

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 30. Take A6135 signposted Sheffield. Follow road for approx 3 miles (passing Renishaw Hall) to traffic lights. Select left hand lane and go straight on (A6135). Continue to follow road for just under 2 miles and turn left (B6054). Follow road for approx ½ mile and turn left into Main Road. Follow road through village and down hill to Ford.

From East
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. Take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30 then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 into Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left into slip road to A61. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Little Chef) select right hand lane and take 4th exit (B6025 signposed Eckington). Follow road for approx 4 miles and, at T-junction turn left (B6056). Follow road for approx 1 mile to crossroads, and turn right (Ford Road). Follow road down hill to Ford.


  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
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